Adobe Illustrator and Indesign now run natively on Macs powered by Apple’s M1 silicon and get a significant overall performance boost compared to Intel builds.
Illustrator sees a 65% boost in performance on M1 Macs, and Indesign gets a 59% boost, which will help the apps launch faster and improving tool efficiency. The update would start rolling out to customers globally on Tuesday.
People will be able to launch and create documents in Illustrator four times faster. The scroll performance has improved by 390%, and opening a new file with approximately 31 complex artboards is 119% faster.
Similar improvements come to Indesign as well. For example, opening graphic-intensive files is now 185% faster, and the scroll performance on text-heavy documents has improved by 78% (for 100 pages).
“While users have been able to continue to use the tool on M1 Macs during this period, today’s development means a considerable boost in speed and performance,” Adobe announced on Tuesday.
Rotate Canvas for Stylus is coming to Illustrator in the future release
Adobe is also working on a future release for Illustrator, which will bring improvements for the stylus, including a feature that mirrors Rotate Canvas in Illustrator on iPad. As a result, consumers will be able to rotate the canvas to the best-suited angle for drawing.
The feature could be handy for people who need to orient graphics or create paths at specific angles across the canvas. It will also be useful for package designers as they can rotate dielines right-side-up to design.